Throwback Thursday: Paul Manafort Is in Trouble Again Too
Today was a bad day to be a chairman of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair and White House Chief Adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday morning on federal charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, each of which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
Bannon was Trump’s right-hand during the 2016 presidential contest. He was chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign from August 17, 2016 through the election and later served as Trump’s chief confidant until the following summer.
Bannon’s predecessor on the campaign, Paul Manafort, is a convicted felon, and back in the news.
In a coincidence only the 2020 scripters could write, amid the Bannon hubbub, prosecutors asked a federal judge in New York to renew an indictment of mortgage fraud against Manafort that was dismissed last December over double jeopardy concerns.
Prosecutors argued on Thursday that the state charges “contain different elements and were designed to prevent very different kinds of harm than the federal offenses of Bank Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud,” and that double jeopardy should not apply.
Manafort began enjoying retirement in a Pennsylvania prison in March 2019 after being convicted at the federal level of conspiracy and tax fraud – on August 21, 2018 of all dates – stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Manafort’s seven-year sentence was cut short in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. He could serve the rest of it in his million-dollar home. That is, unless, New York has its way.